Anti Racism for LENT. Day 2.
When a person of color is speaking, close your mouth and put on not only your listening ears, but also an OPEN MIND. Don’t argue, interrupt, or try to explain. Just listen. Do your best to understand and empathize.
A word from my personal experience:
Know that as you begin to listen, and you lean into facing your own privilege (and therefore, the reality of others’ oppression,) it will be uncomfortable, and at times, even painful. Particularly if you’ve a tendency to empathize.
+ On how this can feel:
“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” – (who said this?)
+ On leaning into that discomfort:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
(The posts won’t all be as long as this one. I promise!)
Confession: I’ve never done this before. I’ve never seen a Lent challenge through. As I’ve prepared for this, I’ve already learned a lot.
Intro: John Roquemore + I are doing 40 days of posts aimed at challenging and encouraging white people to personally advocate for racial justice. I’ll do my best to post my thought/idea in the status box + then any resources + helps in the post itself or in the comments section below.
I think beginning to advocate for racial justice MUST start with understanding that white privilege is real. Open your mind to the possibility that the “white” color of your skin has offered you a different life than people of color.
For a really basic intro to privilege, watch this video.
A BIG IDEA FOR BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND PRIVILEGE:
+++ Diversify the influential voices in your life. +++
– Listen to this poet define it from her perspective.
– Here are just a few amazing folks that you can follow online…
Do your best to TRULY LISTEN to what they have to say as they share their truth.
Black Lives Matter
Nikkita “KO” Oliver
– Join me & some other white folks in a virtual book club (video chat as introvertedly or extrovertedly as you’d like) to read “Between the World & Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.